Stroll through History

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Monday, July 5, 2010

We were told about Quebec City - how it was a lot like an old city in Europe, and very beautiful.  A walk around the town on Monday evening proved all that to be true! 

After taking a right turn out of our hotel, we walked through street after street of quaint shops, bistros, and other buildings that completely reminded me of the streets in Europe.  Add in the historical interest, and this place is just super.   There were many "OMG" moments for Sue and I as we came around each bend to see the next beautiful scene, with flowered window boxes, old stone construction, and artistic signs beckoning us into each place. 

We discovered that this town has an upper and a lower level, seperated by a cliff.  They have built an "elevator" (called the "Fenicular" at one part of the town to make it easy to navigate up the 200-foot wall to the upper city.  We took the steps...

I expected the upper part of the city to be relatively small, but it's not - it's a whole other series of ancient but beautiful buildings and cobbelstone streets (watch your step!). 

The main attraction of the upper city, if not all Quebec, is the Frontenac Hotel.  This is another one of those really large "destination" hotels built by the railroad guys here in Canada.  As such, Frontenac offers the same high end accomodations and architecture stylings as Banff and Lake Louise.  It's so big and sits up so high on the upper level of the city - it's a dominant landmark.  Sue and I popped in for a drink just to get a sense of the place.  It was, of course, awesome.

Afterwards, we strolled around town (it was all down hill at that point!) to find dinner and eventually wound our way back to the hotel.  What a day!

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